The crowing of Narendera Modi as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 parliamentary elections, which the party elder had refused to be party to the decision to endorse Modi’s candidature for the top joy at Friday’s parliamentary board meeting, has however, got a good response from BJP workers.
In fact, Advani has already made up his mind the day he did not attend the Goa summit, not to support Modi from the core of his heart and also told Modi on his courtesy call even through a brief letter, showing his inability to attend the meeting.
But fissures within the party will be a big challenge rather a stiff task for Narendra Modi even as a candidate for the post of PM and it will not be an easy task, if certain BJP leaders start openly opposing him. BJP has wasted more than 9 years in opposition without building its base. Except the parliamentary disruptions, BJP has not supported in conducing the proceedings except joining hands with all the parties over keeping the major political parties out of the ambit of RTI Act. The party has almost lost its image at the national level with no strategy and agenda. In nut-shell, BJP Parliamentary Board has taken a bold and risky decision but at the same time, the risk of not declaring him as PM candidate looked to be greater. The country was looking for a strong candidate for the post PM as Manmohan Singh has been considered as a silent PM and puppet in the hand of Sonia Gandhi. Moreover, BJP team will get a enough time to have better coordination and liaison apart from working out long term strategies by reviewing the status of each state.
Rahul Gandhi is also being projected as the Congress candidate for PM for which official announcement is yet to come. He is considered to be a weak candidate in view of the fact that the young chief ministers Akhilesh and Omar have not been proved an asset for the parties. Rahul is not having any experience of heading at the state and national level to know the ground realities of the politics and enjoying the status by virtue of inherited well baked leadership.
Though Congress spokesperson are asserting that the announcement of Modi as PM candidate is not going to have any impact on some of the decision of Congress including declaration of its Prime Ministerial candidate now as their directives, policies, decision have nothing to do with what is happening within the BJP.
Since BJP has played its card very safely, it would be more appropriate if the Congress also announce its candidate for PM to get a sufficient time to see the reaction from the party workers at the root level and plan its strategies accordingly.